THE HIDDEN COLOUR
Fish Records ‚ ‚ ‚
Dreamy instrumentation carried by luscious harmonies
Brighton indie/folk sextet The Galleons who debuted their third album, THE HIDDEN COLOUR, at a March 12 launch party held at Saint Mary’s Church in Kempton – where they were accompanied by a 70 strong Brighton and Hove Arts Orchestra.
The release was recorded in the Brecon Beacons by award-winning engineer and producer Martin Levan (John Martyn, Iron Maiden,June Tabor). The opening 35 seconds or so of title song The Hidden Colour provides the first opportunity to begin relishing the many talents on record. The second cut and lead single Run Run Run’with the dual vocals of Ben Brockett and Beth Chester echoes The Beautiful South at their finest.
The first two songs are indicative of much of the album, which continually switches approach between either dreamy laid back sounds, such as on the delightfully orchestrated How To Make A Shadow Breathe or the more uptempo country d riven tales such as Joan Of Arc.
Lyrically, Ben Brockett encompasses a broader palette than earlier recordings, engaging stolen celestial bodies and music diversity in Morning Star, with it’s jazzier touches rapidly pushing us along to album closer Sleepwalker, allowing time to reflect on all too short an offering. Tony Wilding www.thegalleons.com